Short Title:Abnormal Psychology
Full Title:Abnormal Psychology
Module Code:PSYC H3001
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:• Display a coherent knowledge of the clinical features, possible causes and treatments available for a variety of disorders. • Analyse, interpret and evaluate the main theoretical approaches in abnormal psychology. • Demonstrate an insight into the prejudice and discrimination associated with mental illness.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the clinical features, possible causes and treatments available for a variety of disorders.
LO2 Classify and demonstrate skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation in considering theoretical approaches in abnormal psychology.
LO3 Distinguish the various features of the prejudice and discrimination associated with mental illness.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
General orientation to the course. History of treatment of mental illness: changing conceptions over the last few hundred years. The birth of the asylum and its legacy for the twentieth century. Current trends.
Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
Defining psychological abnormality. Assessment tools. Classification systems. Labelling. Diagnostic categories. Problems of diagnosis.
Models of Abnormality
The major theoretical perspectives: biological, behavioural, psychodynamic, cognitive, humanistic and sociocultural. Critical evaluation of these theories from philosophical and empirical points of view.
Clinical Picture, Aetiology and Treatment of Mental Disorders
Schizophrenia - Clinical features. Aetiology – genetic explanations of schizophrenia, Psychological explanations. The dopamine hypothesis – neuroleptic drug treatment. Psychological treatments. Mood disorders - Nature and classification. Aetiology – biological causes of depression e.g hormonal changes, genetic influences.. Psychosocial factors. Treatments and outcomes – Medical and psychological approaches. Suicide - Patterns and statistics. Suicide in different age groups. Factors that trigger suicide. Explanations of suicide. Treatment and prevention. Anxiety disorders - Phobias, panic, obsessive – compulsive disorders, generalised anxiety disorder. Explanations and treatments.
Disorders of Childhood and Old Age:
Disruptive Behaviour Disorders, Attention – Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Childhood Depression, Childhood Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Eating Disorders, Dementia.
Society and Mental Health:
Myths and mental illness. Prejudice and discrimination. Stigma. Gender and mental health. Psychiatry, power and politics.
Consciousness and its Altered States
Aspects of Consciousness(Conscious, Preconscious, Unconscious),Dissociation, Sleep and dreams, Psychoactive Drugs, Meditation/Hypnosis.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment n/a   50.00 n/a
Assignment n/a 2,3 0.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Kring, A.M., Davison, G.C. & Neale, J.M 2006, Abnormal Psychology, 10th ed. Ed., Wiley
  • Weis, R. 2007, Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Sage
  • Coats, J. 2006, No Big Deal: A Guide to Recovery from Addictions, Sow’s Ear Press
  • Dogra, N. Parkin, A. Frake, C. & Gale, F 2001, A multidisciplinary Handbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health for Front- line Professionals., Jessica Kingsley
  • Rich, P. 2000, The Healing Journey through Addiction: An Integrated Approach, 2nd. Ed. Ed., Wadsworth Pub.
  • Ronen, T. 2001, In and Out of Anorexia: The Story of the Client, the Therapist and the Process of Recovery., Jessica Kingsley
  • West, R. 2006, Theory of Addiction, WileyBlackwell
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 6 Mandatory